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McNeese Banners Presents Lecture on Terrorism and Western Africa

McNeese Banners Presents Lecture on Terrorism and Western Africa

Dr. Kelechi A. Kalu, professor of African American and African Studies and director of the Center for African Studies at The Ohio State University, will give a free presentation on "Terrorism and Western Africa" at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Baker Auditorium in Farrar Hall as part of the 2011 McNeese State University Banners Cultural Series.
 
Kalu will lecture on the political instability in western Africa. His current book project is on political restructuring in post-conflict states in Africa, which is part of a larger project funded by the Ford Foundation.
 
Kalu earned his doctorate in international studies from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in Colorado, his Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Dayton, Ohio, and Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of North Texas in Denton. He specializes in international politics, conflict and conflict resolution, and third world development studies with emphasis on Africa. Kalu served as a Mellon Research Fellow in the Department of Government in Connecticut College in New London.
 
He previously served as the program chair of the International Studies Section of the Southwestern Social Science Association and has served as president of International Studies Association-Southwest.
 
He is a recipient of several academic and service awards/recognitions from the American Political Science Association and the African Studies and Research Forum and was honored with the 2009 Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution Award from California State University.
 
Kalu is the author of "Economic Development and Nigerian Foreign Policy," has published numerous articles in International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Africa Today, Journal of Nigerian Affairs, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Third World Studies, Medicine and Law, Journal of International Politics and Development and African Journal on ConflictResolution and several book chapters on African and Third World issues. He also serves on the editorial advisory boards of several scholarly journals.